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1. Of or relating to the Nile or the Nile Valley.
2. Of or relating to the peoples who speak Nilotic languages.
A large group of Nilo-Saharan languages, spoken in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and northern Tanzania and including Masai.

[Latin Nīlōticus, from Nīlōtis, from Greek Neilōtis, from Neilos, Nile.]


1. (Placename) of or relating to the Nile
2. (Peoples) of, relating to, or belonging to a tall Negroid pastoral people inhabiting South Sudan, parts of Kenya and Uganda, and neighbouring countries
3. (Languages) relating to or belonging to the group of languages spoken by the Nilotic peoples
(Languages) a group of languages of E Africa, including Luo, Dinka, and Masai, now generally regarded as belonging to the Chari-Nile branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
[C17: via Latin from Greek Neilotikós, from Neilos the Nile]


(naɪˈlɒt ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to the Nile River, or the peoples of the Nile River valley.
2. of or pertaining to the Nilotes or their languages.
3. the group of languages spoken by the Nilotes.
[1645–55; < Latin Nīlōticus of the Nile]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nilotic - a group of languages of East Africa belonging to the Chari-Nile group
Chari-Nile - a group of Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of the Sudan and Zaire and Uganda and Tanzania
Dinka - a Nilotic language
Luo - a Nilotic language
Masai - a Nilotic language
Adj.1.Nilotic - of or relating to the Nile River or the people living near it
2.Nilotic - of or relating to or constituting the Nilotic group of languages; "Nilotic syntax"
References in classic literature ?
It was entitled "The Sources of the Nile; being a General Survey of the Basin of that River and of its Head-Stream, with the History of the Nilotic Discovery, by Charles Beke, D.
Spelling was imposed on language only after writing had been invented in Nilotic Egypt much more recently.
The intricate designs show a series of Nilotic murals with crocodiles, hippopotamuses, lotuses and short-statured men fighting with wild beasts, the Daily Mail clarified.
The cattle corridor of Uganda diagonally stretches from the Southwest to the Northeast and is home to cattle-herding Bantu and Nilotic ethnic groups who practice ghee-making.
Atta and El-Khidir [19] found that the heart girth was highly correlated with body weight for males and females of the Nilotic sheep.
He tried hard in vain for the people of Sudan to believe him on the issue of Peace in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, Eastern Sudan and Nubia in the far Nilotic North.
1988) 'When the winds blow north: a note on small towns and social transformation in the Nilotic Sudan', African Studies Review 31 (3): 49-60.
This is best said in the Nilotic proverb, "There is more wisdom in listening than in speaking.
2), and a number of Nilo-Saharan Nilotic languages (Section 2.
Use of Heart Girth Wither Height and Scapulaischial Length for Prediction of Live Weight of Nilotic Sheep.
It has been one year since Sisi became the more or less elected president of Egypt (in the modern Nilotic tradition of elections in which most of the opposition fears to raise it head and is arrested and hounded soon after the election ends).
The Barbaig are one of seven tribes of the Datoga people (Also spelled Tatooga or Datooga), a Nilotic speaking clan of nomads who occupy the Eyasi region of Western Tanzania.